Trey Smith Grades Out as One of the Top Freshmen in the Country

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    Offensive lineman Trey Smith came into Tennessee with extremely high expectations surrounding him. And thus far, the former five-star recruit is living up to the hype.

    According to Pro Football Focus, Trey Smith has graded out as one of the most impressive freshmen in the entire country through the first three weeks of play in college football. Pro Football Focus gave Smith a grade of 85.1 out of a possible 100 for his first three weeks of play, placing him fourth in the country among freshmen. Smith is also the one of only two SEC freshmen to crack the top 10 according to Pro Football Focus. He’s joined by LSU offensive lineman Ed Ingram.

    The only three freshmen who scored a grade higher than Smith were Michigan State cornerback Josiah Scott (86.4), Louisville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton (86.8), and Utah cornerback Jaylon Johnson (86.9)

    Smith has impressed through Tennessee’s first three games of the season at right guard, especially when it comes to run blocking. He and center Jashon Robertson have been able to open up big holes for John Kelly on the right side of the ball, and Smith has done well in the pass blocking game as well.

    Tennessee has faced some strong competition in their first three weeks of play, facing off against Georgia Tech in their season opener and battling Florida last week. And Smith has looked solid in those games.

    But the Vols have plenty of other stout defensive lines to face in the coming weeks, including a match-up with the Georgia Bulldogs next weekend. Smith will need to continue his solid play if the Vols’ offense hopes to find success against their conference opponents in the next few months.

    Here are the top 10 freshmen in college football so far this season according to Pro Football Focus:

    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.